Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Frequent contributor Kendall Worth tackles the serious topic of social isolation. He looks at causes for isolation other than poverty, and particularly puts alcoholism under the loop. But poverty can certainly add to the problem, Kendall explains. He ends with a list of suggestions anybody can try, from joining a book club to becoming an activist.

Judy Haiven on the death of Fidel Castro. “But in the US — capitalist heartland, and here in the heartland’s junior partner, our media has to protect us from thinking that Castro was anything but a failure.”

An open letter to premier Stephen McNeil and mayor Mike Savage suggests that there is much more these politicians can do to address issues that helped cause the recent violence in the Black community. “The African Haligonian community, is now hemorrhaging, and yet it is called upon to solve its own problems. We do not see that happening to other communities when they are hit by a crisis,” she writes in an open letter to the politicians.

Teachers rallied in as many as 15 different locations in Nova Scotia today. The Nova Scotia Advocate attended a large protest at the constituency office of MLA Stephen Gough in Lower Sackville. Teachers are new at this protesting business, but they feel they the government left them no choice.

Land protectors in Labrador continue their resistance against Muskrat Falls. Just because the national and Nova Scotia press stopped reporting doesn’t mean all is quiet. We talk with Ossie Michelin about the Nova Scotia connection. Ossie’s 96-year old aunt was just served with a court order for visiting a protest site.

A group of Haligonians headed out in the drizzle to Victoria Park last night to express their disapproval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. In doing so they joined many others in similar events from coast to coast. Also very much on their mind were the water defenders of Standing Rock Sioux Reserve, where police violence seems to escalate by the day. Art Bouman reports.

Seven years after Andrella David, a Black resident of Upper Hammonds Plains, was falsely accused of shoplifting at the Tantallon Sobeys store, the company finally made the commitments the community had been asking for. All it took was for the Sobeys’ lawyers to step aside, says an overjoyed Rev. Lennett Anderson.